About the Study

In 2023, the Chief Evaluation Office (CEO) partnered with the Employment and Training Administration to fund contractor Westat Insight to conduct the Bridging the Gap for New Americans Study under the Administrative Data Research and Analysis portfolio of studies. The Bridging the Gap for New Americans Act identifies New Americans as lawfully present noncitizens who are eligible to be employed in the United States or naturalized U.S. citizens born outside the United States and outlying areas. This study aims to better understand the New American population’s employment patterns and opportunities and associated factors such as training and education. It also addresses the Congressional requirement for a study on “the factors affecting employment opportunities for applicable immigrants and refugees with professional credentials obtained in a non-U.S. country…” This study contributes to the labor evidence-base to inform Employment and Training programs and policies and addresses Departmental strategic goals and priorities.

The Department of Labor’s (DOL) Chief Evaluation Office (CEO) sponsors independent evaluations and research, primarily conducted by external, third-party contractors in accordance with the Department of Labor Evaluation Policy. CEO’s research development process includes extensive technical review at the design, data collection and analysis stage, including: external contractor review and OMB review and approval of data collection methods and instruments per the Paperwork Reduction Act (PRA), Institutional Review Board (IRB) review to ensure studies adhere to the highest ethical standards, review by academic peers (e.g., Technical Working Groups), and inputs from relevant DOL agency and program officials and CEO technical staff. Final reports undergo an additional independent expert technical review and a review for Section 508 compliance prior to publication. The resulting reports represent findings from this independent research and do not represent DOL positions or policies.